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review 2017-01-20 19:53
Can I Play Too?
Can I Play Too? - Mo Willems

Can I Play Too? tells the story of Gerald and Piggie playing catch. Snake approaches the two and announces he would like to play too. After much effort, the three realize Snake is unable to play catch because he does not have arms. To adjust the game so Snake can play, Gerald and Piggie decide that they will simply throw Snake in place of a ball. Snake loves this idea and all three agree that they love playing catch. I think this book would be great to introduce in a classroom and explain to students that sometimes we have to make adjustments for our friends that are not just like us. I would emphasize that we can adapt our games and activities where the events are fun for everyone. To teach this lesson, I would have students role-play and problem solve to accommodate diverse needs. This story is on a 70L Lexile level. 

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review 2017-01-19 21:00
Llama Llama Time to Share
Llama Llama Time to Share - Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney is on a 1.5 AR level. This text about Llama getting a new neighbor, Nelly. Nelly comes over and Llama has difficulty sharing his Fuzzy Llama. Fuzzy Llama ends up ripping because the two pull on the toy. Mama fixes Fuzzy Llama, but Fuzzy Llama must sit on the steps until Llama and Nelly decide to share. After playing other activities and realizing playing together is enjoyable, the two decide it is time to share Fuzzy Llama. In the end, the two have a wonderful time and cannot wait for the next play date. I would read this text at the beginning of the year to encourage sharing in my classroom. I could also revisit this book if my students are struggling with sharing materials with classmates. Also, I would like to make a class chart on ways we can share. I would hang this chart somewhere visible for the students so the chart can serve as a reminder when sharing becomes difficult. 

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review 2017-01-19 20:59
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat - Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat is on a 1.5 AR level. This story is about Llama Llama and his friends who are picked on at school by Gilroy Goat. Llama Llama and his friends do not like being picked on, so Llama Llama and his friends do the responsible thing and tell an adult. The teacher chats with Gilroy Goat and he ultimately becomes friends with the other children. I would use this book in my classroom at the beginning of the year to compare and contrast nice behaviors. We could then discuss which characteristics we look for in a friend and which characteristics point to a bully. 

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review 2017-01-19 20:26
The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister,J. Alison James

This story is about a fish who has many more sparkly scales than the other fish. Rainbow Fish does not want to share his shimmering scales, and the other fish do not want to play with him since he is selfish. Ultimately, Rainbow Fish discovers that it feels good to share his jewels and gains many friends in the process. With this story, I would have students write about a time that he/she shared something precious to them and how sharing made him/her feel. I think this activity would be a great way to show off students' creativity. I could do this by posting the students' work in the hallway for other students and staff to view. The Rainbow Fish has an AR level of 3.3.  

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